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Rickard Rakell comes up big in Ducks' 2-1 win over the Blues

Rickard Rakell comes up big in Ducks' 2-1 win over the Blues

The 30-goal plateau was difficult for Rickard Rakell to see from his hospital bed back in September.

He had a stomach virus that forced a withdrawal from the World Cup of Hockey, then a setback from surgery to remove scar tissue from an appendectomy. A contract dispute kept him out the first nine games of this season.

From that voodoo-spell start, Rakell has been magic. His 30th goal arrived Wednesday in a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Ryan Getzlaf topped another strong game with a short-handed goal and goalie Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves at Honda Center as the Ducks took sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division.

Rakell became the first Ducks...

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